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Heather Dubrow Reveals If Real Housewives Changed Her Marriage to Terry Dubrow

The #RHOC mom opens up about her nearly two-decades long relationship with the plastic surgeon.

By Jocelyn Vena
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Over the years on The Real Housewives of Orange County, viewers have watched Heather Dubrow and Terry Dubrow's adorable marriage. Together for nearly 20 years, the actress and plastic surgeon have certainly evolved since we met them in Season 7. Heather recently spoke to the Huffington Post about how her relationship with Terry has changed the most since she joined the series. "Exactly [you can really see the difference in our relationship], and that’s because that’s our real relationship. I blame both myself and Terry actually. Terry liked to needle me because he thought it was fun on camera, and I could not release myself to it, it really took time for me," she said. "I mean, it was always me, it wasn’t like I was acting a role though. I would compare it to this; I grew up in a conservative household in upstate New York, in Westchester County. When you first meet people, at least for the first time, you don’t throw 'F' bombs around, and talk about sex, things like that. When you’re with your close friends though, of course you do. We had just met these people and I was being introduced to America, not as Heather Paige Kent but as Heather Dubrow, so when you meet new people you are definitely on your best behavior!"

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In addition to appearing on RHOC together, the duo has also teamed up in other areas, including launching their own skincare line, Consult Beaute, writing a book, Dr. and Mrs. Guinea Pig Present The Only Guide You’l Ever Need to the Best Anti Aging Treatments (out in September), and working together on E!'s Botched Post Op — not that it's always easy. "Terry and I just celebrated what we thought was our 18th wedding anniversary, even though it was only our 17th; it must have just felt like 18. We have been together as a couple almost 20 years, and just like any other couple, we have our ebbs and flows," she said. "We bicker, but we never really fight about anything big like money. The only thing we’ve ever fought about is the show. Our first couple of years on the show was very difficult for me, because I was going from scripted to unscripted. I was going from being at home with my kids to doing this. Terry thought it was all hilarious, he would make jokes at my expense, because he didn’t care, he was a doctor. For me, I was very hung up wondering how this was going to look and I had a really hard time releasing myself. So he and I would argue about the show. That’s why I think in the first few seasons it looked like we were really fighting, because that was all we fought about. Finally I thought to myself, 'OK, I can do this.'"

As fans have seen this season, things can be difficult in the Dubrow household with Terry struggling to find a balance between his bustling medical practice and his life as a father and husband. Still, Heather and her hubby manage to make time for each other. "As far as Terry and I go, I think the key is couple of things. Communication above all. We kind of merged our careers also, which has been kind of weird, but also exciting and fun," she said. "We have really blended our worlds together and we get to do really cool, interesting things together."

Check out photos of Heather (and Terry) through the years, below.

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